Gosport Silver Band have a new MD, Mr. Derek Jones. Our previous Conductor, Mr. Albert Hall, decided to hang up his baton and now plays Bb with the band. The handing over ceremony was carried out at our annual spring concert in May, in the Thorngate Halls, Gosport and was given publicity in the form of a big page spread in the local paper, The Portsmouth News. The band has moved in the last few weeks to new premises at the Thorngate Halls which seem to be much improved, compared to our old band room. Our new MD has a lot of plans for the band, which has already started to be put into action. This year in December, we are taking part for the very first time in the band's history, in the Wessex Brass Band Contest at Weymouth. The band has up until recently been a non-contesting band, so this is very exciting as we will be competing against other bands in the 4th section. Derek plans to take the Gosport Band to Wales next year to take part in a concert in his home town, with a male voice choir. The following year plans are being made to do a 5-day tour of Prague. If there are any interested parties out there wishing to join us, details can be found in the vacancies section of The Mouthpiece. Jean Hanslip, Publicity.